Burberry Under the Weather
The new Autumn/ Winter Burberry Prorsum show took place this afternoon in Kensington Gardens. As usual, it was superb, emotional, celeb-packed (Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Daisy Lowe) and would make even the least fashionista of us want to buy the whole collection.
From my perspective, the collection was divided into three parts – something that I find seems more evident when you are in the room because of the music, the lighting and the atmosphere.
The first part was bright, bold and young, incorporating the classic trenchcoat in oranges, turquoise blue and khaki, in wintery versions of virgin wool with leather lapels. This was followed by capes and jackets bearing the signature Burberry checks and tartans, but in red and purple.
The second part was more grown-up: unadulterated luxe glamour with dark brown mink gilets, cashmere camel capes and navy blue coats lined with black fox fur shoulders.
Finally, to the moving sound of Adele’s Someone Like You, the last part saw Abbey Lee Kershaw and Cara Delevingne walk in pure white fur. From sculptural long cable-knit coats to snow-effect mink boleros, these were seriously stunning and showed more than ever how much a fabulous cut can transform a silhouette, while keeping it wearable, flawless, and very tailored. Christopher Bailey masters the technique.
In terms of accessories, two things caught my eye. First of all, the gorgeous jaguar mink fur hats, reminiscent of the recent Menswear Collection in Milan. And the bags which, for once I thought, were a true strength to the collection. The winners included some black alligator number with tassels and ribbed quilting in shades of beige and gray. For once, the shoes did not stand out – surely because the show was a display of the best outerwear, worn with straight black pants and pumps.
But it is the finale that blew me away – with a winter wonderland on the catwalk as snow started falling over the models reunited with transparent plastic and leather capes.
And if that was not enough to make you fall in love with Burberry and desperately run to buy yourself a trenchcoat, thanks to the clever digital teams – behind the live-streams in Piccadilly Circus, Christopher Bailey’s tweeting, and the Art of the Trench – you can already order the whole collection online. That is, if you can afford the £13,000 mink coats and £15,000 alligator bags, of course.
Watch the show, and pre-order the collection here on the Burberry Website. Also spot me here on Vogue.com, "Front Row" at the Burberry show!Photography: Alize Morand. Please credit.